Getting across the Meadowlands has been one of the biggest challenges for the East Coast Greenway, the 3,000-mile route that will stretch from Maine to Florida and uses the D&R Canal on the edge of West Windsor. Now there’s a possible opening.
New Jersey Transit is building two new rail bridges across the Hackensack River and taking 2.5 acres of parkland from Hudson County to build a new rail facility. State law mandates that it must compensate Hudson County by providing double the acreage being taken or double the dollar value of the taken land, or a mix of the two. The ECG wants that mitigation to take the form of two miles of trail in Hudson County, including a bike & pedestrian path on the new southern Hackensack River bridge, to bring the Greenway off-road from Belleville Turnpike in Kearny to West Side Avenue in Jersey City. Two miles of trail, in a 20-foot wide corridor, comes to five acres.
Public support is needed to make this happen. A hearing planned for Wednesday, Feb. 10 has been postponed because of the snowstorm until March. Or write a letter to :
Laurie Cotter, Deputy County Administrator
567 Pavonia Ave
Jersey City NJ 07305
The ECG requests that a copy be sent to:
NJDEP, Green Acres Program
Bureau of Legal Service & Stewardship
PO Box 412
Trenton NJ 08625-0412
Letters will be accepted until Feb 24.
Also send a copy to the East Coast Greenway, 27b North Rd, Wakefield RI 02879 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.